Police Officer Samuel B. Robinson, #49

1930 - 1957
Albany Police Department
Division II
Fatal Car Crash


On 5-13-1957 at 5:52 AM, Prowl Car #4, a 1956 Buick in which P.O. Robinson was a passenger, was responding to a "Family Trouble" call on Jay Street, Albany NY. While eastbound on Madison Avenue, their car crashed with another vehicle which was northbound on South Lake Avenue. The police car then struck a tree at the northeast corner of that intersection. P.O. Robinson was thrown through the windshield and landed in the street. At 6:08 AM he was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center Hospital, the cause a fractured skull.

P.O. Robinson, 26, was born in Albany on 8-17-1930 and lived at 94 South Pearl Street. He attended Albany High School where he participated in band, basketball, track and football. After graduating in 1951, he worked at General Electric in Schenectady NY for two years as a dispatcher. On 6-16-1954 he was sworn in and was the 5th African-American officer in the history of the Albany Police Department. P.O. Robinson was the first Albany Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty as a result of a car crash. At Robinson's funeral, Chief Tuffey said, "He was a good officer, always willing to learn. Had the good Lord been willing, he would have been a great one."

Survivors included his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Samuel Jr., 4 years old, and Richard, 11 months old; parents, Mr. & Mrs. David M. Robinson Sr.; and brother, David M. Robinson Jr. It is a tradition in the Albany Police Department to name our K-9 dogs after officers KILD. Currently, our K-9 "Sam" is named after P.O. Robinson. "Sam's" handler is P.O. Kyle McCraith, Special Operations, K-9 Unit.